CYPRUS Filmmakers

*Update: Thanks to all of you who shared the video! 2500 views in 1 day (career high)!
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Nicosia, known locally as Lefkosia, is the capital and largest city in Cyprus, as well as its main business centre. Nicosia is the only divided capital in the world, with the southern and the northern portions divided by a Green Line. Nicosia has been in continuous habitation since the beginning of the Bronze Age 2500 years BC which was then known as Ledra. On the 14th of August 1974 the Turkish army invaded Cyprus and captured 37% of Cypriot territory including the northern part of Nicosia. Despite that, with a population of 398,293 Nicosia is consistently ranked as one of the richest cities in the world in per capita income terms. Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicosia

From what I know, this is the first “complete” timelapse of Nicosia. This video is a collection of about half the shots I wanted. I couldn’t cover all the desired locations and produce more shots. After 2 months of shooting, I decided to go with it and finish it. I might create a second one in the future.

I wanted to show a not-so-known face of Nicosia, somehow avoiding popular tourist landmarks. Even people who live in Nicosia will have a hard time identifying the locations of all the shots in the video (which imo is a good thing).

I tried to make the video as short as possible. Instead of going the usual route with a classical/chill out music and slow cuts, I decided to experiment with a fast paced edit following a fast-tempo music track.

I also need to get myself a slider! One shot, the one on the rooftop 2:20, took me 2 hours to finish. And it’s not perfect, moving from side to side at some points.

Shot on a Canon 5D MK2 with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, graduated NDs 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 and a Hoya 77mm Circular Polariser HD. Post-processed in Lightroom 4.

Music by: The Mad Violinist — Ellie Goulding - Lights (Bassnectar remix) youtu.be/H_5j0uzlYfo

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I even included a cat to make the video more likeable! :p
Thanks! vimeo.com/alexcican/nicosia

Some stats: 70GB of data, 9445 photos (RAW but mostly JPGs), 49 shots, countless hours shooting, 2 months in the making and 1 Police incident (read about it here: alexcican.com/post/17712306442/incident ).

Thanks for watching!

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